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Boston Pops and BSO Team up for Historic, Free Concert

This Sunday's free concert will be preceded by a festival in Franklin Park.

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    The historic Boston Symphony Orchestra and renowned Boston Pops will host a free-admission, unprecedented double performance in Franklin Park on Sunday, Oct. 1.

    (Published Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017)

    Lovers of music and the arts are in for a treat this weekend.

    The historic Boston Symphony Orchestra and renowned Boston Pops will host a free-admission, unprecedented double performance in Franklin Park on Sunday, Oct. 1.

    The Pops, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, will perform selections from some of John Williams' most popular film scores, including music from Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

    The performance is a glimpse into the Pops' 2017 season-long tribute to Williams, who was conductor to the orchestra from 1980 - 1993.

    In an interview with Latoyia Edwards, Lockhart said the concert is an attempt to reach out to Boston's communities.

    "The music we play really exists for everybody," he said, "A lot of times people think that it's for the people who go to Symphony Hall, but the music is too important to be kept in a box at Symphony hall."

    Then, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will take the stage, led by Andris Nelsons and Thomas Wilkins.

    Wilkins will lead the BSO in compositions by Shostakovitch, Arturo Marquez, and William Grant Sill.

    Nelsons will close the concert with the fourth movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

    "Together with my wonderful colleagues...we are pleased to bring the music of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops to music lovers throughout the city in the beautiful atmosphere of one of our city's most treasured parks," said Nelsons.

    The performance will be the first for the Pops at Franklin Park, as well as Nelsons' first appearance with the orchestra as conductor.

    Before the concert, The BSO will host a pre-concert festival in Franklin park, featuring music, art exhibits, crafts and activities for the whole family.

    "It is an incredibly special and historic occasion...for the resident of Boston," said Mayor Marty Walsh. "I encourage people from every corner of the city to attend this October."

    Festivities are set to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The concert will formally begin when the Boston Pops take the stage at 3 p.m.

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